Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Best-Selling Author or Not

I'm feeling a little bit out of sorts right about now. I'm sure I'm going to step on some toes and hurt some feelings, but oh well, the truth needs to be told. Quite frankly, I'm sick and tired of authors claiming to be "Best-selling Authors" when they haven't appeared on a single national bestsellers list. It's misleading to readers and insulting to authors who truly deserve to be called best-selling authors.

When authors appear on New York Times, USA Today, Essence, Publisher's Weekly or other national bestseller lists, those are distinctions that authors can boast about. And they should. Those authors are quick to state which list or lists they have appeared on because they can prove it. Great!

What's getting on my nerves is when self-published authors claim to be best-selling authors without stating the source to back up their claim. If they appeared on a bestseller's list at a local bookstore,, or someone's made up list, state that. Otherwise, it's misleading to just make a blanket statement about being a best-selling author.

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

I agree. It is extremely misleading. I talked to an author once who told me he considered himself a bestselling author because he had earned his advance. He was published with a very small press and I'm thinking so you sold 1000 books and that makes you a bestseller. I don't think so.

Rhonda N

Anonymous said...

I agree with you. If you're going to claim that honor, at least identify the source. Every author wants to be a best selling author but it should really mean something. Thanks for putting it out there.

Barbara Joe